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Winter Accommodation Specials: From Free Nights At Luxury Stays To Half Price For Your Wedding
13 specials, including spa treatments, fine food and goodie bags
Updated: 28 June 2019
Bad news: it's cold and wet out there and it's going to be that way for a while. Good news: accommodation rates in Cape Town are at their lowest at this time of year. Even better news: you get bang for your buck by taking advantage of some serious acccommodation specials in and around the city, often with very cool extras thrown in, like reduced spa treatments and discounts on 5-course meals. (You can even get married for a steal in winter.)
NATURAL HOT SPRINGS
The natural hot springs at Goudini Spa self-catering resort in Rawsonville make this the perfect winter destination. Water slide, trampolines, miniature golf, hiking trails, birding, horse riding, tennis, volleyball, snooker, pool and a games arcade make it fun for the whole family. The winter special allows you to book for three nights and get the fourth night free for all types of accommodation at Goudini Spa.
Note: The Slanghoek Villas each have a fireplace in the lounge
Price: R820–R2760 per night (buy three get one free)
Availability: 14 June – 7 July 2019
To do close by: Visit the Badsberg Winery for a wine and photo pairing. Each of the eight wines is paired with a story and a photo of the surrounding area taken by photographer Hansen Preuss
Wyzersdrift Road, Rawsonville | +27(0)23 349 8100, firstname.lastname@example.org, website
25% OFF SPA, BREAKFAST IN A HOLIDAY HOUSE
Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate in Stellenbosch has a choice of the two-sleeper Petite Hotel Room or the two-bedroom Holiday House. The one-night stay at the Petite Hotel Room includes breakfast, a bottle of Provoyeur wine and a complimentary upgrade to the Holiday House if available on the check-in day and for the duration of your stay. The two-night Holiday House special for four guests offers you 25% off spa treatments and 25% off the breakfast buffet (usually R190) as well as 46% off golf (usually R420). Sit back on the terrace overlooking a golf course with the Simonsberg Mountains vineyards at the Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate.
Note: You might spot a springbok or two frolicking near the dam during breakfast
Price: R1100 for 2 people sharing the Petite Hotel Room; R1000 per person sharing for the Holiday House (usually R2310–R7270)
Availability: Until 30 September 2019
To do close by: Explore the Bottelary Hills mountain bike trails (permits are R60)
Devonvale Estate, Bottelary Road, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch | +27(0)21 865 2080, email@example.com
10% OFF YOUR CITY STAY IN 2019 AND 2020
Open since April 2019, Gorgeous George is a boutique hotel created out of two restored heritage buildings in the Cape Town CBD. Each room features hand-painted wall art and an eclectic mix of designer pieces. Head up to the sixth floor and revel with locals at the pool and Gigi Rooftop Restaurant & Bar. CapeTownMagazine.com readers can experience this modern hotel by using a special promo code.
Note: Chill out at Gigi Rooftop Bar’s Sunday Sessions when a DJ plays chilled, groovy tunes starting at 2pm. Music continues until 8pm
Price: 10% off the best available rate (usually R2450–R6450)
Availability: Bookable dates: 1 July – 30 September 2019. Valid to Stay: 1 July 2019 – 30 September 2019 and 1 June 2020 – 30 September 2020. Promo code: CPTMAG10
To do close by: Visit the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Every Wednesday, entry is free for SA citizens upon presentation of ID/driver’s licence/passport.
118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre | +27(0)87 898 6000, firstname.lastname@example.org, website
25% DISCOUNT ON HOTEL NEXT TO WATERFRONT
The AC Hotel, minutes from the V&A Waterfront, has all-embracing views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and the harbour. If you prefer a less-complicated yet sophisticated stay, you can rest at ease at the AC hotel, which is offering a 15% and 25% discount. They offer a Spanish twist with their breakfast and serve tapas and expert local knowledge at the AC Hotel at the V&A Waterfront.
Unique thing to do: Try the famous Spanish communal drinking tradition, drinking from a unique instrument called a porron
Price: Non-members: 15% discount and Marriott Bonvoy Members: 25% discount on accommodation rates and complimentary breakfast. Only for online bookings
Availability: Until 30 September 2019
To do close by: Visit Battery Park and watch skaters, ballers or yogis as the sun rises or sets
Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town | +27 (0)21 137 1100, email@example.com | https://www.marriott.com/cptar
FREE NIGHT AT A STYLISH FARM
La Chataigne is a working wine farm situated 7km from Franschhoek village in the Winelands. Guests can choose from five self-catering cottages, either on the riverside or overlooking the mountains. All cottages are tastefully furnished with Scandinavian design and boast private decks.
Note: All cottages have indoor fireplaces
Price: Monday–Thursday: 20% off two nights or more; weekends: Stay Friday and Saturday Night and get Sunday night free (usually R1400–R3630 per night) Book directly online
Availability: 1 May – 31 August 2019
To do close by: Enjoy wine tastings, go for scenic walks along the river and among the vineyards, play a game of boule and pick vegetables from the garden
La Chataigne Wines & Guest Cottages, R45, Franschhoek | +27(0)21 876 3220, firstname.lastname@example.org
HALF PRICE FOR YOUR WEDDING
Zeestock Lodge, the adventure lodge in Philadelphia, hosts the ultimate rockstar weddings for creative types and adventure lovers. Get a special rate on accommodation for 20–30 pax, the Morrocan wedding pagoda, food, DJ, sound system and lighting and a professional photographer at Zeestock Adventure Lodge.
Note: The venue accommodates 150 day guests. For extra accommodation, you can choose camping or another guest house in the area
Price: R500 per head (usually R1000)
Availability: Until 1 December 2019
To do close by: Sandboarding at the Atlantis dunes
73 Three Fountains Estate, Philadelphia | +27 (0)79 242 7031, email@example.com
DINNER, BREAKFAST, SPA AND GOODIE BAG
Rotterdam Boutique Hotel and guest farm is a romantic country retreat just outside of Swellendam. There are multiple en-suite rooms and a two-bedroom family cottage. Your winter special booking includes one dinner and two breakfasts, a goodie bag filled with sunglasses, slippers, dark chocolate, magazines and gin and tonic and a 15-minute spa treatment from the mobile spa. Discover the brand new restaurant, quaint chapel, rustic luxury accommodation and sunset safari picnics at Rotterdam guest farm in Swellendam.
Note: You need to quote 'Capetownmagazine' when booking in order to qualify for the special rate.
Price: R1750/person (usually R1975/person) for 2 nights
Availability: Until 1 October 2019
To do close by: Go on a game drive - with picnic - at the neighbouring guest farm, Kwetu
Olivedale Road, Buffeljags River Swellendam | +27(0)67 3834664, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALMOST 50% OFF WITH 5-COURSE DINNER
Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch dates back 300 years, boasts Platter-winning wines and The Restaurant at Jordan, run by famed chef George Jardine of Jason’s Bakery. The panoramic views of the vineyards and the mountains are pretty impressive, too. The winter special includes a night’s stay and a five-course food-and-wine pairing at The Restaurant at Jordan. You also receive a bottle of estate wine. The next morning, enjoy breakfast for two at The Bakery at Jordan.
Note: Relax and unwind by pre-booking for a massage in your suite by the fireplace
Price: R3545 all-inclusive for 2 people sharing (usually ±R6000)
Availability: Until 30 September 2019
To do close by: Take a tour of the Jordan wine cellar
Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch | email@example.com, +27 (0)21 881 3048
TOASTY KITCHENS AND WARM HOSPITALITY
African Relish offers themed cooking courses, exciting adventures and self-catering cottages in the Karoo town of Prince Albert. There are two winter specials, both including a copy of the African Relish cookbook. You could book two nights self-catering accommodation for you and a partner including one half-day cooking class dinner or lunch at R2050 pp. Or choose the package for a family of four including two nights in a two-bedroomed cottage, a half-day “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking class lunch or dinner at R5950. Cycle the Swartberg Mountains while booked at African Relish cooking school.
Note: Enjoy the surrounding Karoo scenery and mountain vistas and cuddle up by the crackling fire in the evenings
Price: From R2050 pp (usually from R2470 pp)
Availability: Until 31 August
To do close by: Visit the lovely coffee shop and deli on-site as well as unique décor shops and mohair boutiques
34 Church Street, Prince Albert | firstname.lastname@example.org, +27(0)23 541138
FREE NIGHT’S STAY 50M FROM THE SEA
The Auberge Burgundy is a charming guesthouse set above the picturesque Old Harbour in Hermanus, the whale watching capital of the world. The annual Whale Festival takes place in September, but whales start arriving as early as July. The central location is surrounded by ocean viewing areas, cliff paths, restaurants, craft markets, boutiques, art galleries and quaint shopping centres.
Note: The pool-side suite has a fireplace
Price: Stay for 2 nights and only pay for 1 (usually R860–R3790)
Availability: Until 10 July 2019
To do close by: Take a walk at Hoy’s Koppie, a hill rising 75m above sea-level and check out the cave where tools and artefacts from the Middle Stone Age were found
16 Harbour Road, Hermanus | +27(0) 28 313 1201, email@example.com
GET A FREE NIGHT AT A GAME LODGE
Thali Thali Game Lodge on the West Coast is tranquil, comfortable and makes for an amazing family or group safari getaway. It’s also very affordable, which is what makes the 3-for-2 offer, where you sleep three nights but pay only for two nights, super special. While you’re there, do a game drive, and hopefully catch sight of species like buffalo, sable antelope, kudu, oryx, and giraffe at Thali Thali Game Lodge on the West Coast.
Note: The offer excludes breakfast and activities
Price: R720 pp sharing per night (buy 2 get one free)
Availability: Until 31 August 2019. The deal is applicable Sunday to Thursday
To do close by: Go on a game drive at R300 per adult and R150 per child
Just off R27 across Langebaan entrance | Langebaan | +27 (0) 82 372 8637, firstname.lastname@example.org, Thalithali.co.za
FREE NIGHT AND GOLF IN A BEAUTIFUL VALLEY
Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch has some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in South Africa, notably, the award-winning Anvil Vineyard, planted in 1988. Set on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, there are two tranquil accommodation options surrounded by vines. The Residence is a luxurious self-catering unit that sleeps four. The Cottage is a self-catering loft-style apartment that sleeps two.
Note: There’s a fireplace in the living room of The Residence at Haskell Vineyards
Price: R1500–R2850 per night; pay for 2 nights and get 1 extra for free
Availability: Until August 2019
To do close by: Play a round of golf at the De Zalze Golf Estate
Annandale Road, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch | +27(0)21 881 3895, +27(0)60 997 9399, email@example.com
EAT WELL AND STAY FIT WHILE SOAKING UP THE CITY
This heritage site overlooking the bustling Greenmarket Square has a fully kitted-out fitness room, rooftop pool, sauna, 165 fully-equipped luxury rooms and 24-hour room service. The O’taste restaurant offers a great dining experience, and the hotel is within walking distance of numerous entertainment options. Enjoy being in the heart of the city and all its gems with a stay at ONOMO Hotel Cape Town.
Note: The booking code to use is “winter”
Price: R1095 for a single room, R1350 for a double room (usually ± R1420–R1935)
Availability: 1 May 2019–31 August 2019
To do close by: Make like a local and feed the squirrels in the Company’s Gardens. You can buy peanuts from the traders at the entrance to the gardens in Wale Street
10 Greenmarket Square, City Centre | +27 (0)21 423 2050
INCREDIBLE CAPE TOWN VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES
Easy but delectable meals, iconic harbour views, a chic cocktail and sundowners bar, en-suite bathrooms with any sized room and ideally located within the CTICC precinct. An iconically Capetonion leisure or business accommodation experience (complete with canal cruiser that goes through the hotel property) awaits you at aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites.
Price: Get a free all-access pass to over 30 of Cape Town's top attractions when you book a four-night or more stay at Harbour Bridge Hotel at the standard booking rate. Your hotel booking includes complimentary breakfasts and a bonus three-day Cape Town Explorer pass for adults to the value of R2955.
Availability: until 30 September 2019
Dockrail Road | Foreshore | Cape Town| +27 (0)21 431 9202 | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE OLD PASTORIE – AN 1860S MANOR HOUSE IN DARLING
Only an hour from Cape Town, Darling is a quaint town in the heart of wildflower country. Securely situated on 40 hectares of private reserve, The Old Pastorie is ideal for relaxing and enjoying nature. Picnic in the garden or stop by Evita Se Perron for an evening of comedy and cabaret with Pieter Dirk Uys. After a day of exploring the town and surrounds, drift off to sleep in spacious rooms with high ceilings. Wake up to a symphony of birdsong courtesy of herons, spoonbills and geese on the nearby lake. Visit The Marmalade Cat or stop by the monthly Groote Post Country Market for breakfast. Hosts, Kneale and Robert, are friendly and accommodating and if you’re lucky, you may be treated to an impressive piano solo.
Availability: Until the end of 2019
Price: R1020 per room per night
The Old Pastorie, Pastorie Street, Darling | 022 492 3715, 072 083 9990, email@example.com, www.theoldpastorie.co.za
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